Friends, over here in the UK, was an early-evening sitcom watched primarily, if not exclusively, by teenage girls. Those teenage girls, anyway, who were classed as 'Townies'. The Goths watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer. My daughter dutifully watched Friends while at high school because Townies were the dominant sect there. Later, when she went on to FE, he re-invented herself as a Goth. So I saw both programmes.
Now to state the obvious, BTVS was just Friends with demons, so not much difference there.
But am I to understand that in the US, actual adults watched Friends? If so , why? From our perspective, the characters acted like teenagers (or in any event, like students). They had zero reponsibilities, which was good given their irresponsibility. They agonised for entire episodes over issues which most Brits over 20 would not have regarded as in the least problematic. There was no hint of satire, absurdity, surrealism or even wit in the entire farrrago. Don't tell me Chandler was witty! His cotton wool one-liners wouldn't even measure up in a Primary School playground over here!
Yet I am given to understand that grown-ups in America actually watched this vanilla mush?
Tell me it isn't so!